Jul 20, 2014 - by Michael Riba
WWE Battleground Kickoff kicks off from Tampa, Florida. Jerry Lawler is making his entrance as Renee Young, Booker T, Christian, and Alex Riley welcome us to the show. They talk about the Kickoff Match between Cameron and Naomi, and Booker T breaks out his “Shucky ducky, quack quack” line. They then begin talking about the Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, where John Cena will defend against Kane, Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns. Riley says Cena is in trouble. We go down to the announcers at ringside.
Adam Rose (w/Rosebuds) vs. Fandango
Fandango starts the match off by beating down Rose in the corner, and then he power slams him down to the ring. Summer Rae and Layla lead the Rosebuds on a march around the ring, but Fandango stops them. Layla slaps Fandango, and then Summer does the same. Rose goes to the outside and grabs Fandango, and then tosses him back into the ring. Rose drops Fandango with a few clotheslines and then hits him with the Party Foul and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Adam Rose.
After the match, Rose celebrates with Summer, Layla, and the Rosebuds.
We see a video hype preview for the Fatal 4-Way Match and then go back to Renee Young and the expert panel. We then see a video package with The Shield, from their start to their breakup. The expert panel talks about the group, and then we get a video package for the newly-formed feud between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho.
We go backstage, where Todd Phillips is with The Usos. Jey says he will get one pin fall, and Jimmy will get the other. They argue over who the better-looking Uso is and walk away.
Cameron vs. Naomi
Naomi goes right after Cameron, but Cameron backs into the corner. Cameron chokes Naomi over the ropes and then knocks her off the apron and down to the floor. Cameron slams Naomi into the ring apron and then tosses her back into the ring. Cameron keeps control of the match for a bit, but the Naomi grabs her hair to try to counter. Cameron comes back and rolls Naomi up with a schoolgirl to get the pin.
After the match, Naomi and Cameron stare each other down and Cameron smirks and goes to the back.
The Expert Panel talks about the battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship and the Fatal 4-Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Kickoff show comes to a close with a review of Money in the Bank and happening thereafter.
Battleground opens with a video package that highlights the main matches heading into tonight’s show.
Photo credit: WWE.com.
WWE Tag Team Championship 2-Out-of-3 Falls Match: The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
Jey and Rowan start the match for their teams. Jey slaps Rowan to start, but then Rowan takes control of the match. Rowan takes Jey to the corner and tags in Harper. Harper sends Jey off the ropes, but Jey ducks under a clothesline and dropkicks Harper out of the ring. Jimmy takes Rowan off of the apron with a kick, and the Wyatts regroup on the outside. Harper and Jey are back in the ring, and Harper backs Jey into the corner. Harper delivers a chop to Jey and then tosses him across the ring. Jey runs the ropes, but Harper tosses him to the outside. Jey gets back into the ring, but Harper grabs him and slams him down to the mat with a suplex. Harper tags in Rowan, who beats down Jey in the corner. Rowan slams Jey down in the middle of the ring, and then he wears him down with a submission hold. Rowan delivers an elbow shot to Jey and goes for the cover, but Jey kicks out at two. Rowan tags in Harper, who drops a knee onto Jey. Harper goes for the cover, but Jey kicks out at two. Harper applies a side-headlock on Jey, but Jey powers out and slams Harper down. Jey goes for the tag, and he gets it. Jimmy comes off the top rope, but he runs into a boot from Harper, and Harper gets the pinfall.
Winners of the first fall: The Wyatt Family.
Harper goes after Jimmy again and goes for the second fall, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Harper tags in Rowan, who splashes down onto Jimmy. Rowan goes for the cover, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Rowan has Jimmy’s head in a vice, and Jimmy tries to fight out. Jimmy gets to his feet and picks Rowan up, but Rowan falls on top of Jimmy and goes for the cover, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Rowan drags Jimmy to the corner and tags in Harper. Harper delivers a kick to Jimmy’s midsection and then delivers a series of uppercuts. Jimmy comes back with uppercuts of his own, but Harper catches him and chokes him over the middle rope. Harper takes Jimmy down and stomps away on him. Jimmy gets away and tags in Jey, who rolls Harper up for the second pin fall.
Winners of the second fall: The Usos.
Rowan and Jey are the legal men at the start of the third fall. Rowan delivers a fall-away slam to Jey and goes for the cover, but Jey kicks out at two. Rowan puts Jey on the bottom rope and tags in Harper. Harper slingshots Jey into the middle rope and goes for the cover, but Jey kicks out at two. Harper knocks Jey down with a right hand and then tags in Rowan. Rowan charges at Jey in the corner, but Jey moves and Rowan goes shoulder-first into the post. Harper tags himself in and goes after Jey. Harper charges into the corner, but Jey ducks and Harper flies to the outside. Jimmy takes out Harper and Rowan on the outside. Back in the ring, Jimmy delivers a cross-body to Harper and goes for the pin fall, but Harper kicks out at two. Jimmy kicks Harper in the midsection and then delivers an enzuiguri. Jimmy smashes Harper in the corner, but Harper gets to his feet quickly and smashes Jimmy in the other corner. Jimmy recovers and flies from the top rope to take Harper down. Jimmy goes for the cover, but Harper kicks out at two. Jimmy goes for the superkick, but Harper counters with a big boot of his own. Harper flies through the middle rope to take Jimmy down on the outside. Harper tosses Jimmy back into the ring and sets him up for the powerbomb, but Jey takes Rowan down on the outside. Jey kicks Harper in the head, and Jimmy goes for the cover, but Harper kicks out at two. Harper hits Jimmy with the sit-out powerbomb, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Rowan gets involved and Harper tags him in. Rowan dives from the top, but Jimmy moves. Jimmy knocks Harper down from the top rope and tags in Jey. Jey splashes down onto Rowan and goes for the cover, but Rowan kicks out at two. Jey goes to the top again, but Harper grabs him and Rowan gets the advantage. Rowan and Jey battle on the top rope. Jimmy tags in, but Rowan slams their heads into each other. Rowan double-suplexes both of The Usos down and goes for the cover on Jimmy, but Jimmy kicks out at two. Rowan tags in Harper, but Jey kicks Rowan in the face. Jimmy tries to roll-up Harper, but Harper kicks him in the face. Harper clotheslines Jimmy and goes for the cover, but Jey breaks it up at two. Jey tags in and the Usos double-kick Harper. Jimmy tags in again, but they double-splash Harper. Jimmy goes for the cover, and gets it.
Winners of the third fall and still the WWE Tag Team Champions: The Usos.
We see a preview for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and then go right back to the announcers. They hype up the grudge match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, which is next.
We go backstage, where we are joined by Seth Rollins. Rollins says he is smiling because tonight is finally the night he puts the dagger in Ambrose and finishes him off for good. Rollins says Ambrose knows him better than anyone, and he is going to get everything he bargained for here tonight. Rollins says after he puts Ambrose out of his misery, his eyes will be glued to the main event tonight. Ambrose attacks Rollins out of nowhere and slams him into some carts before agents and referees can control him. Triple H runs in and tells them to throw Ambrose out of the building. Triple H checks on Rollins and we go back to the announcers.
WWE Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
Paige takes control of the match early on. She slams AJ into the corner and then gets her in the ropes. Paige delivers a series of knees to AJ in the ropes and then goes for the cover, but AJ kicks out at two. Paige gets AJ in a headlock, but AJ tries to fight out. Paige slams her down to the mat again, and then drivers her knee into AJ’s back. AJ flips Paige over for the counter and charges at Paige, but Paige slams her down again. Paige goes for the cover, but AJ kicks out at two again. Paige goes for a tilt-a-while back-breaker, but AJ counters and drops Paige with a DDT. AJ gets up by the ropes, but Paige spears her through the ropes and they both fall to the floor. Paige slams AJ into the barricade and then tosses her back into the ring. Paige goes up top, but AJ cuts her off. Paige power-bombs AJ down to the mat and goes for the cover, but AJ kicks out at two again. AJ comes back and locks in the Black Widow, but Paige fights out and tosses AJ down to the mat. Paige grabs AJ and drops her with the Paige Turner. Paige goes for the cover, but AJ kicks out at two. Paige goes for the PTO, but AJ rolls through. AJ takes Paige out with the Shining Wizard and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee.
We see the video hype package for SummerSlam, which will come to us on August 17, 2014 from Los Angeles, California.
We see Randy Orton and Kane backstage. Orton says things got out of hand on Raw this past Monday. Orton admits he was wrong and apologizes to Kane. Kane just stares at him and says, “Being the Devil’s favorite demon means never having to say you’re sorry.” Orton says he is sure it was an accident.
We go back to the Expert Panel. They talk about the main event. Riley picks Roman Reigns to win, and Christian agrees with him. Booker T picks Randy Orton.
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Rusev (w/Lana)
Swagger and Rusev begin brawling before the bell rings. Swagger sends Rusev to the outside and he regroups with Lana. The referee finally calls for the bell. Rusev charges at Swagger, but Swagger ducks underneath and picks Rusev’s ankle. Rusev gets away and escapes the ring. Rusev gets back into the ring and drives Swagger into the corner. Swagger fights back and picks Rusev’s ankle again, but Rusev escapes the ring again. Rusev gets back into the ring, but Swagger splashes him in the corner. Swagger backs away, but Rusev goes after him and smashes him against the ropes. Rusev grabs Swagger and slams him down to the mat. Rusev stomps away on Swagger and then kicks him in the back and delivers a headbutt to Swagger’s chest. Rusev grabs Swagger and applies a submission down on the mat. Rusev delivers a series of elbows to Swagger and keeps the submission hold locked in. Rusev delivers the elbow again and then puts him on the ropes again. Swagger fights back and stops Rusev’s kick. Swagger charges at Rusev, but Rusev elevates him over the top rope and Swagger hits his knee on the announce table. Swagger tries to get back into the ring, but Rusev clubs him back down to the floor a couple times. Swagger finally drapes Rusev over the top rope and then takes Rusev down with a shoulder block. Swagger drops Rusev with a big boot and then connects with the Swagger Bomb. Swagger goes for the cover, but Rusev kicks out at two. Rusev comes back and lays out Swagger. RUsev sets up for the big kick, but Swagger catches his ankle and locks in the Patriot Lock. Rusev tries to get to the ropes, and he finally makes it. Swagger uses nearly the full five-count before he breaks the hold. Swagger takes Rusev’s ankle out on the outside and locks in the Patriot Lock on the floor. Rusev counters and launches Swagger into the post. Rusev gets back into the ring and Swagger gets counted out.
Winner via count-out: Rusev.
After the match, Rusev grabs Swagger and tosses him back into the ring. Rusev stomps on Swagger’s back and then locks in The Accolade in the middle of the ring.
We go backstage and we see another Stardust and Goldust promo. They talk about the cosmos and other things relates to stars.
Seth Rollins comes to the ring, and apparently he will have a match.
Seth Rollins says that since he schedule opponent has been ejected from the building, he is out here to accept his victory via forfeit.
The referee raises his hand in the air, and Justin Roberts announces it as so.
Winner via forfeit: Seth Rollins.
After the “match,” Ambrose runs from the back and goes after Rollins. Ambrose attacks Rollins all through the crowd, and then comes back and slams him into the announce table. Security comes out and grabs Ambrose off of Rollins. Ambrose gets free and attacks Rollins again.
Triple H walks down and grabs Ambrose. He shoves him away and tells everyone to get Ambrose out of the arena. Rollins attacks Ambrose now and they are finally separated.
We see the video hype package for the upcoming match between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho.
Bray Wyatt (w/Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho and Wyatt go back and forth for a bit before Jericho takes Wyatt into the corner. Jericho delivers a few chops to Wyatt and then tosses him to the opposite corner. Jericho charges after him, but Wyatt takes him down with a clothesline. Wyatt drops Jericho right after with a high elbow and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Jericho comes back and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Rowan and Harper get on the apron to distract him and Wyatt takes control. Wyatt drops Jericho to the mat and goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at one. Wyatt applies a submission down on the mat, but Jericho fights out. Wyatt goes to the apron, but Jericho knocks him down to the floor. Rowan and Harper help Wyatt to his feet, but Jericho comes off the top rope and takes off three men out. The referee tosses Rowan and Harper away from ringside and Wyatt is shocked. Wyatt knocks Jericho off of the apron and Jericho falls into one of the cameramen. Wyatt goes out after Jericho and tosses him back into the ring. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Wyatt punches Jericho back into the corner and then tosses him into the opposite corner. Wyatt charges, but Jericho moves out of the way and Wyatt goes shoulder-first into the post. Jericho builds momentum and comes off the top rope with a sledge that sends Wyatt to the mat. Wyatt comes back and grabs Jericho and drops him with a gut-buster. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Wyatt goes for the big splash, but Jericho counters with knees to Wyatt’s spine. Jericho takes Wyatt down again with an enzuiguri. Jericho goes for the cover, but Wyatt kicks out at two. Wyatt comes back and splashes Jericho in the corner, but Jericho comes right back and plants Wyatt into the mat. Both men are down, but then Wyatt does his creepy upside-down walk and then slams Jericho down to the mat. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Wyatt splashes Jericho in the corner and then puts him back in the corner after Jericho fell to the mat. Wyatt goes for another splash, but Jericho moves and then takes Wyatt down and causes Wyatt to hit the back of his head on the bottom turnbuckle. Wyatt and Jericho battle on the apron, but Wyatt slams Jericho down and rolls him back into the ring. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Jericho comes back and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Wyatt comes back off the ropes and takes Jericho down with a shoulder block. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Jericho counters into the Walls. Wyatt gets free, but Jericho drops him with the Codebreaker and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Chris Jericho.
We are outside the arena now, and Seth Rollins looks to be leaving the building, flanked by two security guards. Rollins tells them to leave and begins walking towards his car. He stops and looks around, and then Dean Ambrose hops out of the trunk. Ambrose and Rollins brawl all around the parking lot. Rollins shoves Ambrose from the top of the car and then hops in the car and speeds away.
20-Man Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Damien Sandow vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder
Everyone attacks Khali, but he powers out of the 19-on-1 attack. Khali eliminates Woods and Ryder. Sheamus Brogue Kicks Khali and everyone eliminates him. Dallas eliminates Sin Cara. The Miz is hiding on the outside of the ring as R-Truth and Axel are eliminated. Diego is eliminated by Ryback. Sheamus delivers a Brogue Kick to Ryback to eliminate him. The Miz is in the ring now and he goes after Sheamus. He gets knocked down and rolls back to the outside. Dallas eliminates O’Neil. Ziggler eliminates Del Rio. Cesaro eliminates Big E. Kingston jumps onto Big E’s shoulders and they go after Cesaro, but Cesaro lifts Kingston off of Big E’s shoulders, and Kofi lands in the ring. Cesaro finally eliminates Kingston. Slater eliminates Cesaro. Sheamus eliminates Slater. We’re down to Sheamus, Ziggler, and The Miz. Ziggler eliminates Sheamus and The Miz eliminates Ziggler.
Winner and new WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz.
We see the SummerSlam preview video again, and then we are reminded that Flo Rida will be the Special Guest Host of Monday Night Raw tomorrow night.
We see the video hype package for the main event.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: John Cena (c) vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
Cena and Kane battle to the outside, while Orton and Reigns are battling in the ring. Reigns delivers ten right hands to Orton, but Kane gets back into the ring and they double-team Reigns. Orton goes for the cover on Reigns, and Kane makes sure Cena can’t get back in, but Reigns kicks out at two. Cena sneaks back in on the other side and goes after Orton. Cena drops Orton to the mat and goes for the cover, but Kane breaks it up. Kane drops Cena with a side-slam and Orton goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Kane and Orton double-team Cena as Reigns is down on the outside. Cena and Orton battle to the outside now as Reigns gets back into the ring. Kane power slams Reigns down to the mat and goes for the pin, but Reigns kicks out at two. Orton gets into the ring and yells and shoves Kane around, but Kane turns on Orton and delivers lefts and rights. Kane puts Orton on the top rope and goes for a suplex, but Cena and Reigns stop them. Cena and Reigns double-power bomb Kane and Orton down to the mat. Reigns and Cena square off, but Kane sits up in the ring. Cena and Reigns double-team Kane as Orton comes from behind and drops Reigns with a back-breaker. Orton goes after Cena and then grabs Reigns as well. Orton drops them both with the middle-rope DDT. Orton goes for the cover on Reigns, but Kane breaks it up. Kane drops Orton with a big boot and goes for the cover, but Reigns breaks it up. Reigns drops Kane with a Samoan Drop and goes for the cover, but Orton breaks it up. Reigns and Cena both apply submissions to Orton, but Kane breaks it up. Kane and Reigns go to the outside, and Cena locks in the STF on Orton. Orton almost gets to the ropes, but Cena drags him back to the center of the ring. Orton finally gets to the ropes and goes to the outside. Reigns gets back into the ring and begins to battle with Cena. Cena takes Reigns down with a drop-toe-hold and goes for the STF, but Reigns powers out. Reigns drops Cena with a Samoan Drop and sets up for the Superman Punch. Cena dodges and drops Reigns with a sidewalk slam. Cena goes for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Reigns hops up and delivers the Superman Punch. Reigns sets up for the Spear and he connects with it. Reigns goes for the cover, but Kane breaks it up. Kane and Reigns are battling now and Reigns delivers a clothesline in the corner. Reigns drops Kane with the Superman Punch and goes to the outside. Reigns kicks Cena and Orton in the head, and then delivers one to Kane as well. Reigns spears Orton through the barricade. Reigns goes for a Spear on Kane, but Kane grabs him around the throat. Reigns fights out and spears Kane. Reigns goes for the cover, but Cena breaks it up at two. Cena covers Kane now, but Reigns breaks it up. Cena sends Reigns to the outside and hits the AA on Kane. Cena goes for the cover, but Reigns breaks it up. Reigns covers Kane now, but Cena breaks it up. Cena hits Reigns with the AA and goes for the cover, but Kane breaks it up. Kane chokeslams Cena and Reigns. Kane covers Reigns, but he kicks out at two. Kane goes for Tombstone, but Reigns counters and spears Kane. Orton breaks up the count and hits Reigns with an RKO. Cena grabs Orton and AA’s him onto Kane. Cena covers Kane and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena.
After the match, Cena celebrates in the ring as Roman Reigns looks on from the outside as Battleground comes to a close.